Dear SACS Families, Welcome November. It is a season of change and thankfulness. Students will be learning about Thanksgiving, pilgrims, what they are thankful for and service to others. This is my favorite time of the year as I get to count my blessings and spend even more time with my family. It is important to be thankful for the blessings we have and find ways to support those that are in need. That is what this time of year is really about.
We are reminding our students all year about the importance of helping others through our #Make A Difference campaign and this time of year is an especially important time to help those in need with socks, clothing, fuel, food and good old fashioned cheer. St. Anna’s sets an example with service projects and opportunities for our students to give back to their community.
Take time as a family to reflect in the next month on the blessings that you have been given by God and all that you are thankful for.
COMEDY NIGHTLast chance to get your tickets!!! You don’t want to miss this fun adult night out!! Comedy Night with Jerry Caruso and Thomas Mitchell on Friday, November 13th 7:00PM-11:00 PM at the Leominster Knights of Columbus (on Lancaster St.). There will be music, comedy, light snacks (Feel free to bring your own), and raffles. This fundraiser will help support our technology projects. Tickets are $20 each or you can reserve a table of 8 for $150. Tickets are available in the office or you can get them at the door that night for $25. You can stop in or email Mrs. Priddy to reserve your tickets (email@example.com).
REPORT CARDSReport cards for students in Grades K-8 will be available on Option C after 4:30pm on Monday. If you need help accessing the report card online please check out this handout. You will be asked to ‘certify’ that you have read your child’s report card. If you have forgotten your username/password, please email Mrs. French and she will get it to you.
PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCESConferences will be held on Monday, November 23rd from 12-3 and in the evening until 7:30; Tuesday, November 24th from 12-3; some teachers will offer before and after school appointments the week before. You will be able to schedule your conference through Option C. More information for middle school parents on scheduling conferences with multiple teachers will be coming home via email.
Extended care will be open both afternoons. Please let the office know if you will be using extended care either of those days. It is $35 per child (and $15 for each additional sibling). Children must bring their own lunch.
HEARTS FOR HEATThe 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade will again participate in Hearts for Heat. The students will be baking up goodies available to purchase during conferences. The money raised is matched by Fraticelli Oil and used to provide heating fuel to the elderly of the parish who are in need of assistance. Don’t forget to stop by during the day or during conferences to purchase your sweet treats!
TURKEY TROTOur Annual Turkey Trot will take place on Tuesday, November 24th at 9:30am. Students in Grades K-2 will complete laps around the parking lot. We tally the number of laps they are able to complete while they are cheered on by the preschoolers and older students. Students in Grades 3-8 then complete their turkey trot race on a route that goes from in front of the church up Sixth street and down a few side streets and back up Darwin to finish in front of the church again where the other students are able to cheer them on as they cross the finish! ALL students in K-8 are welcome to sign up to race. There is no fee; however we ask that everyone brings in a non-perishable food item to help restock the St. Anna food pantry. Mrs. Priddy is also looking for helpers to supervise along the route. Please email her if you’re able to help that morning. To sign up go to the google form: http://goo.gl/forms/VnhfdUh6iY
#MAKE A DIFFERENCEThe 5th grade is embracing the Year of Mercy and accepting Pope Francis’s call for us to be instruments of mercy by supporting the Wounded Warriors organization through Operation Gratitude for the month of November. We are asking for donations so that we can put together care packages for those who have been wounded in service to their country, also known as Wounded Warriors. The care packages will be sent to service members recovering in Military Hospitals and Wounded Warrior Transition units located on military bases throughout the United States. For a more information and a list of needed items please check out the flyer here.
FINGERPRINTINGThe Department of Education requires all persons working unsupervised with children in a school setting to be fingerprinted. Safety of our students is always our number one priority. We are requiring all volunteers/coaches that work with children in an unsupervised capacity to be fingerprinted before they can work with the students. This includes basketball coaches, Design Squad volunteers, dance chaperones, etc. There is an agency in Leominster (next to Allen’s) that does the fingerprinting. The cost is $35 and the school will reimburse you at your request once you turn in your fingerprint receipt. For Directions on how to register for your fingerprinting appointment check out theflyer.
SOCKS FOR SANTAGrade 6 students have begun a 3 month service project in which we will be collecting white cotton or thermal socks or cotton underwear to be distributed to homeless shelters, women’s shelters, and the elderly of our community. We often don’t realize or simply forget that those in need have needs other than food.Please consider helping those who are in need of socks or underwear for the cold winter ahead.
WINTER UNIFORMSWinter Uniforms will begin Tuesday, December 1st. Please refer to the Parent Student Handbook for more information. Some important notes:
UPCOMING EVENTSMaximizing Immunity- Don’t miss Guest Speaker Dr. Ryan Felde sharing his journey through a parent’s worst nightmare: his 3 year old daughter’s diagnoses with inoperable liver cancer. After rounds of unsuccessful chemotherapy, the Feldes decided to treat Payton naturally utilizing the 5 Essentials of Maximized Living. Payton has been cancer free since 2014. Tickets for this event on November 14th are available in the office $10 for 1 or 2 for $15 (half the proceeds benefit St. Anna’s). See the flyer for more information.
ATHLETICS/AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMSBasketball
Registration is open now! We are excited for another fun basketball season at St. Anna. Please register so we can prepare enough teams and coaches for the season. The registration form can be found at http://goo.gl/forms/O58JsXsbv0
We are looking for volunteers to coach our basketball teams at different grade levels. Most teams have one practice during the week- depending on the grade level and then a game on the weekend. Grades 1-4 play at St. Anna's on Saturdays. The 5-8 Girls teams play Sundays at Monty Tech. The 5-8 Boys play on Saturdays at St. Bernard's Activity Center. Please sign up if you’re interested:http://goo.gl/forms/irCSdErYyP
If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. French or Dennis Donlan, Athletic Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We would like to offer this program again this year for students in Grades 3-8. This is an 8 week program which will be held on either Tuesdays. Students can buy an 8 week lift badge just for the school program or use their own season pass if they have one. Rentals of boards, ski’s and helmets are also available. This is a great option for first timers! For a little more information on pricing and how to sign up- check out the flyer.
FRIENDS OF ST ANNA/PTO UPDATES: (email us at PTO@stannaleom.org)
UPCOMING EVENTS11/10 PTO Out of Dress
11/11 NO School Veteran’s Day
11/13 Comedy Night 7:00-11:00
11/14 Design Squad 12:00-4:00
11/20 First Grade Thanksgiving Program 9:00
11/23 Early Dismissal 11:30 Parent/Teacher Conferences (extended care open)
11/24 Early Dismissal 11:30 Parent/Teacher Conferences (extended care open)
11/24 Turkey Trot
11/25-11/27 No School Thanksgiving Break
11/30 No School- Diocese Religious Enrichment Day for Teachers
Peace and Blessings
Mrs. Bobbie French
Mrs. Veilleux, our principal, will update the blog once she gets settled in. She is excited about keeping you informed and up to date about upcoming events.